Satirical Maps
Australia and World War I

Het Gekkenhuis (Oud Liedje, Nieuwe Wijs)
[approx translation: The Insane Asylum (Old Song, New Tune]

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Het Gekkenhuis (Oud Liedje, Nieuwe Wijs)
[approx translation: The Insane Asylum (Old Song, New Tune]
Satirical cartoon map by Louis Raemaekers; Amsterdam, Senefelder published 1915.

Louis Raemaekers (1869-1956) was one of the most famous cartoonist/caricaturists of WWI. He crossed the border from Holland into Belgium to witness first-hand the atrocities of the advancing German army. He subsequently chronicled the brutality of theses forces in his cartoons which drew the wrath of the Germans. They forced the Dutch authorities to put the illustrator on trial for jeopardising the neutrality of the Netherlands. He was acquitted of this charges. A reward was then offered by the Germans for Raemaekers' arrest and he escaped to Britain where he continued to skewer the German army in his drawings. He produced a thousand cartoons during the war and gained world wide acclaim from their syndication.